Practice ReportsTraining Community Health Workers to Enhance Disaster ResilienceNicholls, Keith PhD; Picou, Steven J. PhD; McCord, Selena C. MPHAuthor Information Coastal Resource and Resiliency Center, University of South Alabama, Mobile, Alabama. Correspondence: Selena C. McCord, MPH, Coastal Resource and Resiliency Center, University of South Alabama, TRP Bldg III, Ste 2500, 307 N University Blvd, Mobile, AL 36688 ([email protected]). This research was funded, in part, by the Gulf Region Health Outreach Program was developed jointly by BP and the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee as part of the Deepwater Horizon Medical Benefits Class Action Settlement, which was approved by the U.S. District Court in New Orleans on January 11, 2013, and became effective on February 12, 2014. The Outreach Program is supervised by the court and is funded with $105 million from the Medical Settlement.Additional funding was provided by a grant from the Gulf of Mexico Research Initiative.The authors declare no conflicts of interest. Journal of Public Health Management and Practice: November/December 2017 - Volume 23 - Issue - p S78-S84 doi: 10.1097/PHH.0000000000000645 Buy Metrics Abstract Community health workers (CHWs) have significant potential to contribute to public health in the United States by promoting disaster preparedness, speeding postdisaster recovery, and building disaster resilience in their communities. To maximize this potential, however, they must undergo rigorous and relevant training. As part of the Gulf Region Health Outreach Program, an appropriate curriculum was developed and delivered in several training sessions conducted from 2013 to 2016. This article provides insights into the primary issues associated with such training and offers a detailed elaboration of the basic and specialized curricula as presented and adapted over the course of the program. We present lessons learned from these training experiences, as reflected in participants' initial ratings and comments, training staff debriefings, and feedback from CHWs working in the field. Informed by this feedback, as well as additional research and conceptual development, we offer recommendations aimed at expanding and refining CHW training curricula in the areas of chronic disease, psychosocial symptoms, community resilience, and environmental health. In addition to curriculum changes, we review policy implications aimed at promoting and facilitating the inclusion of CHWs in disaster response and recovery teams. © 2017 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved.